WWW Wednesday: August 15th, 2018

Good evening, readers!

And the countdown is ON! In exactly one week (August 22nd) my kids are going back to school! In the meantime, we have a bunch of doctor appointments, school open house, teacher meet & greets, IEP reviews, last minute school shopping, and tons of other stuff to get done over the next week, so it will probably be another slow week on the blog front. But I will try to get a review or two posted this week if I get the chance.

For now, it’s time for WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesdays

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in on WWW Wednesday, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

51mlxngcsyl-_sx308_bo1204203200_

The World’s Bestselling Mystery

“Ten . . .”
Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious “U.N. Owen.”

“Nine . . .”
At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead.

“Eight . . .”
Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one . . . one by one they begin to die.

“Seven . . .”
Who among them is the killer and will any of them survive?

I’ve really enjoyed all of the Agatha Christie books that I’ve read so far, but everyone I talk to says that this is THE Agatha Christie book to read. It’s supposed to be her absolute best work. I haven’t actually started reading it yet (I just finished reading When Elephants Fly this morning), but I’m really excited about it. I hope it lives up to my expectations!


I finished reading:


What I’m reading next:

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

51dbmn-p1pl-_sx327_bo1204203200_

A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.

Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.


That’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?dorie

Advertisements

WWW Wednesday: August 8th, 2018

Good evening, readers!

It’s been yet another CRAZY hectic week here and yet again, I haven’t posted all week. I had planned to finish editing and post a couple reviews from my backlog, but I never got around to them. Just two more weeks until the kids start school again, and then things will calm down a LOT so I’ll have more time to dedicate to my blog.

But for now, it’s time for WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesdays

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in on WWW Wednesday, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

Vox by Christina Dalcher

37796866

Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial–this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end.

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.


I finished reading:


What I’m reading next:

When Elephants Fly by Nancy Richardson Fischer

a1pd1n-e1ql

There are some battles worth fighting even if it means losing yourself.

T. Lily Decker is a high school senior with a twelve-year plan: avoid stress, drugs, alcohol and boyfriends, and take regular psych quizzes administered by her best friend, Sawyer, to make sure she’s not developing schizophrenia.Genetics are not on Lily’s side.

When she was seven, her mother, who had paranoid schizophrenia, tried to kill her. And a secret has revealed that Lily’s odds are even worse than she thought. Still, there’s a chance to avoid triggering the mental health condition, if Lily can live a careful life from ages eighteen to thirty, when schizophrenia most commonly manifests.

But when a newspaper internship results in Lily witnessing a mother elephant try to kill her three-week-old calf, Swifty, Lily can’t abandon the story or the calf. With Swifty in danger of dying from grief, Lily must choose whether to risk everything, including her sanity and a first love, on a desperate road trip to save the calf’s life, perhaps finding her own version of freedom along the way.


That’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?dorie

WWW Wednesday: August 1st, 2018

Good evening, readers!

I know it’s after midnight AGAIN… And there’s been radio silence on this blog all week. So to start with, I’m still here! And I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting you all! We paid a visit to my sister and her family this week. She lives in the middle of nowhere, in a complete dead spot (no cell signal whatsoever with any carriers), and she doesn’t have internet at her house right now. It was actually pretty nice unplugging for a few days and spending much-needed quality time together without screens. But since I wasn’t expecting it (she thought she would have her internet up and running before our trip), I of course didn’t get a chance to post a blog entry explaining my absence. So I’m sorry for just kind of disappearing, but I’m back now and I’ll try to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

Quick side note: I’m going to be making some changes to my blog over the next couple weeks and there are some exciting things coming, so make sure to stay tuned!

But for now, it’s time for this week’s WWW Wednesday.

WWW Wednesdays

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in on WWW Wednesday, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly

61wttiagthl-_sx345_bo1204203200_

Smart, bookish Belle, a captive in the Beast’s castle, has become accustomed to her new home and has befriended its inhabitants. When she comes upon Nevermore, an enchanted book unlike anything else she has seen in the castle, Belle finds herself pulled into its pages and transported to a world of glamour and intrigue. The adventures Belle has always imagined, the dreams she was forced to give up when she became a prisoner, seem within reach again.

The charming and mysterious characters Belle meets within the pages of Nevermore offer her glamorous conversation, a life of dazzling Parisian luxury, and even a reunion she never thought possible. Here Belle can have everything she has ever wished for. But what about her friends in the Beast’s castle? Can Belle trust her new companions inside the pages of Nevermore? Is Nevermore’s world even real? Belle must uncover the truth about the book, before she loses herself in it forever.

Beauty and the Beast was my top favorite Disney animated movie growing up and the 2017 live-action retelling with Emma Watson is one of my absolute favorite movies ever, so it’s no surprise I am loving this spinoff book by Jennifer Donnelly. From what I’ve read so far, I can already tell it is going to be a very enjoyable, enchanting read.


I finished reading:

Despite having plenty of family activities planned, I still managed to finish both of the books that I brought with me to my sister’s house (like usual, most of my reading was done at night after everyone else was asleep anyways). It might not be as much reading as I normally do, but considering the circumstances, I’m okay with it.


What I’m reading next:

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

34043643

Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted.

To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn’t have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces.

With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.

I think I’m going to read this book next. I picked up my copy on a recent trip to a thrift store—a beautiful hardcover edition in like-new condition for just $1! Since it’s a book I’ve been interested in for awhile, you better believe I was on that deal like white on rice! Now I’m excited to get started and find out whether it’s as good as everyone says it is.


That’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?dorie

WWW Wednesday: July 26th, 2018

WWW Wednesdays

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in on WWW Wednesday, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.

Soooo… it’s a little past midnight again. But I think I can still count it as Wednesday, since I haven’t gone to bed yet. Right? 😉

What can I say? It’s been another busy week. Just one more month of summer vacation…


I am currently reading:

I started reading Sadie (and admittedly, didn’t get very far into it) when I got a notification that my copy of Murder on the Orient Express was available from my library. I’ve been waiting for so long to read it—I couldn’t wait any longer and immediately downloaded it to my Kindle app. So now I’m going back and forth, reading Sadie whenever I get a chance to sit down and read a physical book, and otherwise making my way through Murder on the Orient Express on my Kindle app while I’m out and about. I really don’t like reading multiple books at once, though, (I feel like I’m not giving each book my undivided attention) so I’m trying not to make this a habit.


I finished reading:

I finally finished Anne of Green Gables! Now I just have to decide if I want to re-read the rest of the books in the series or if I’m going to wait for another time…

I also got side-tracked by two awesome thriller novels: Lies by T.M. Logan and The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker. Let me just say, The Fourth Monkey was an excellent, excellent read and I wish I had picked it up earlier! I am already planning on buying book #2 (The Fifth to Die) on my next payday. Lies was also a great read, but you’ll be seeing a full review for that… sometime… hopefully soonish… 🙈 I really need to finish my backlog of reviews!


What I’m reading next:

I actually have no clue what I’m going to be reading next, and I’m too tired tonight to try to decide. But whatever it is, I’m sure it’s going to be great!


That’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?dorie

Friday’s Book Excerpts

Happy Friday, readers!

Each week I share book excerpts with:

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

This week I will be pulling excerpts from my current read: Sadie by Courtney Summers.

34810320

Synopsis:

A gripping novel about the depth of a sister’s love; poised to be the next book you won’t be able to stop talking about.

A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she’s left behind.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.


Book Beginning:

It’s a beautiful day in the city. The sun is shining, not a cloud in the sky.


The Friday 56:

I continue to let the nasal blare of the car horn fill this desolate section of the neighborhood as I watch the boys’ gangly legs propel them down the street. When they turn a corner, I let it go and it’s completely silent and still. I’m parked in a cul-de-sac lined by houses in various stages of development, a large billboard advertising a community completion date that seems impossibly close. There’s a swampy-looking pond just across the way from me, little ripples in the water made by hovering bugs.


What are you reading this weekend? Feel free to join in with lines from your current read!

WWW Wednesday: July 18th, 2018

WWW Wednesdays

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in on WWW Wednesday, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

annegreengables13

Everyone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.

Since I finished reading The Future Will Be BS Free early this morning, I haven’t started anything else yet, other than continuing on my re-read of Anne of Green Gables. But since I keep getting distracted by really intense storylines in my other reads, I haven’t made much progress this week.


I finished reading:

 

I did not get around to reading I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara before my library loan ended. 😞 So I’m stuck back at the bottom of the wait list on OverDrive, unless I give in and just buy myself a copy. But I still read an interesting mix of good books this week! I think the one that surprised me the most was Believe Me by JP Delaney. You can read my review of it here.


What I’m reading next:

Sadie by Courtney Summers

34810320

A gripping novel about the depth of a sister’s love; poised to be the next book you won’t be able to stop talking about.

A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she’s left behind.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

This may change, but right now I’m thinking I’ll pick this one up next. It’s an ARC that I received in the mail and it looks really good!


That’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?dorie

Book Blogger Hop 7/13-7/19



Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week’s question:

Does a cluttered blog have you not returning? By cluttered I mean too many columns, small type, too many photos, difficult to follow, etc.  (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

My answer:

I normally read other blogs under the “Reader” tab of my WordPress app, so I don’t see the full webpage, just streamlined posts. So I guess this question doesn’t really apply to me. However, in the rare cases when I’m actually browsing blogs on my laptop, the only thing that really bothers me is when there are pop-up messages prompting me to subscribe. If I like the content and want to read new posts, I’ll subscribe. It’s as simple as that. The pop-ups are unnecessary and just plain annoying; if anything, they make me NOT want to subscribe! Otherwise, though, I can’t see myself dismissing an interesting blog just because of its aesthetics, cluttered or not.

What about you? Are you bothered by cluttered blogs or pop-up messages? Let me know in the comments below!

*If you’re here from the linkup, please leave your link in the comments so I can make sure to stop by and see your answer too.

Friday’s Book Excerpts

Happy Friday, readers!

Each week I share book excerpts with:

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

This week, I will be pulling excerpts from my current read: When We Found Home by Susan Mallery.

36596808

Synopsis:

Life is meant to be savored, but that’s not easy with no family, limited prospects and a past you’d rather not talk about. Still, Callie Smith doesn’t know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister–Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise twelve-year-old.

Callie doesn’t love being alone, but at least it’s safe. Despite her trepidation, she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping just maybe this will be the start of a whole new life.

But starting over can be messy. Callie and Keira fit in with each other, but not with their posh new lifestyle, leaving Malcolm feeling like the odd man out in his own home. He was clever enough to turn a sleepy Seattle mail-order food catalog into an online gourmet powerhouse, yet he can’t figure out how to help his new sisters feel secure. Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love.

But love isn’t Malcolm’s strong suit… until a beautiful barista teaches him that an open heart, like the family table, can always make room for more.

In this emotional, funny and heartfelt story, Susan Mallery masterfully explores the definition of a modern family–blended by surprise, not by choice–and how those complicated relationships can add unexpected richness to life.


Book Beginning:

As Delaney Hollbrook watched the man in the suit approach, she did her best to remind herself she’d given up on men in suits—in fact all men and most suits, when it came to that. She was a different person, with new and improved goals, although she could still admire excellent tailoring. And nice blue eyes. And a firm jaw. And his walk. He had a very purposeful walk that was incredibly appealing. She sighed. So much for giving up on men in suits.


The Friday 56:

She’d wanted those dreams, too. Had told herself she would be happy when it finally happened. Only she’d been the one to take a different path from everyone she knew. First getting her college degree in finance, then taking a job at Boeing. She’d moved up in the company, had moved away from the neighborhood—only a few miles, but still a world away.


What are you reading this weekend? Feel free to join in with lines from your current read!

WWW Wednesday: July 11th, 2018

WWW Wednesdays

This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

To join in on WWW Wednesday, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.


I am currently reading:

When We Found Home by Susan Mallery

36596808

Life is meant to be savored, but that’s not easy with no family, limited prospects and a past you’d rather not talk about. Still, Callie Smith doesn’t know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister–Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise twelve-year-old.

Callie doesn’t love being alone, but at least it’s safe. Despite her trepidation, she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping just maybe this will be the start of a whole new life.

But starting over can be messy. Callie and Keira fit in with each other, but not with their posh new lifestyle, leaving Malcolm feeling like the odd man out in his own home. He was clever enough to turn a sleepy Seattle mail-order food catalog into an online gourmet powerhouse, yet he can’t figure out how to help his new sisters feel secure. Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love.

But love isn’t Malcolm’s strong suit… until a beautiful barista teaches him that an open heart, like the family table, can always make room for more.

In this emotional, funny and heartfelt story, Susan Mallery masterfully explores the definition of a modern family–blended by surprise, not by choice–and how those complicated relationships can add unexpected richness to life.

I won a copy of When We Found Home in a Goodreads giveaway. I’ve been meaning to pick it up for a while now, but haven’t had the chance until now. It looks really good!

I’m also breaking my own rules about only reading one book at a time. I started re-reading Anne of Green Gables last night. I need to get my Anne fix after finishing up Season 2 of Netflix’s adaption Anne With An E! But since both books are so different, I don’t think I’ll run into any problems with getting them mixed up.


I finished reading:

I decided to re-read Jane Eyre on a whim a couple days ago and I’m very glad I did. It was lovely, as it always is, and a great “pallet cleanser” after reading See What I Have Done, which was a huge disappointment for me. I don’t think I’m going to be writing a full review myself (it was a library book, not an ARC, and I already have a lot of other reviews to write), but this reviewer hit the nail on the head, especially in what she calls “ahistoricism”.


What I’m reading next:

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara

51mqaqyystl-_sx331_bo1204203200_

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer—the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade—from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

“You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark.”

For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

At the time of the crimes, the Golden State Killer was between the ages of eighteen and thirty, Caucasian, and athletic—capable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing a victim—he favored suburban couples—he often entered their home when no one was there, studying family pictures, mastering the layout. He attacked while they slept, using a flashlight to awaken and blind them. Though they could not recognize him, his victims recalled his voice: a guttural whisper through clenched teeth, abrupt and threatening.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by her husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by Michelle’s lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic—and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer.

I still haven’t gotten around to this book yet and my library loans ends soon, so I’ll try to make this my next read.


That’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?dorie

Book Blogger Hop 7/6 – 7/12



Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week’s question:

If you were stranded on a deserted island, which ONE book could you not live without? (submitted by Megan @ Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest)

My answer:

Ohh this is a really difficult question for me! It’s like asking me to choose between my kids. I just can’t do it! Even trying to make a list of my top 10, or 20, favorite books is a near impossible task. There’s no way I can narrow it down to one single, solitary favorite.

I’m sorry. I know this is kind of a non-answer, but it’s the truth!

What about you? Do you have a top favorite book? Let me know in the comments below!

*If you’re here from the linkup, please leave your link in the comments so I can make sure to stop by and see your answer too.